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The Obama Legacy: Broken Promises and Lies

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In 2004, Barack Obama came onto the stage at the Democrat National Convention as the party’s candidate to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate and wowed the country with his keynote address.  Less than three years later, he was campaigning to be president of the United States with a lot of promises and a message of “hope and change.”

Though Obama remains a popular figure, the overwhelming majority believe that he has placed the country on the “wrong track.”  Those who even remember his promises, now know they were empty.

In his final days at the White House, I made a list of his most memorable broken promises or outright lies —  one for each year he was in office.

1.   “If you like the (health care) plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your Read the rest of this entry »

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December 28th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Abolish the Department of Education (No Excuse for Allowing the DOEd to Continue)

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Oh, how I long for someone with the wisdom and clarity of Ronald Reagan.   One of his campaign promises was to abolish the federal Department of Education.  He failed, but not for lack of trying.  The Department of Education survived only because Democrats had a lock on the House of Representatives.

Nevertheless, Reagan cut the budget significantly and scaled back its functions.  On one trip to the DOEd during the Reagan years, I asked an employee about her job.  She said, matter-of-factly, “I am going through every regulation issued by the Department and cutting out anything that is not ‘family friendly.’”  Needless to say, it was a full-time endeavor.

If “The Gipper” were alive today one can only imagine the reaction he would have to the DOEd’s letter issued to schools last month telling them that federal law requires them to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms “consistent with their gender identity.”  The letter, issued in the form of a guideline, does not carry the force of law, but it carries this implied threat:  Do this or risk losing federal funds.

Isn’t it past time we freed public schools and colleges from the tyranny of the federal government?  Why send a dollar to Washington and have it funneled through several layers of this behemoth bureaucracy, only to get back a few cents, along with a boatload of regulations? Read the rest of this entry »

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June 8th, 2016 at 1:45 pm

The Syrian Refugee Grinch in the White House

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Cold, heartless, cruel, callous, merciless, hard-hearted!  Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Republicans and others who want to put the brakes on President Obama’s plan to resettle thousands of Syrians fleeing their war-torn country here in the United States.

Resettling those people constitutes a grave threat to our country given the fact that it is impossible to adequately vet them.  Nevertheless, our hearts go out to these people and quite naturally we want to help.

So here is the question for bleeding-heart liberals who want to throw caution to the wind and bring plane loads of these people here to the United States:  Would you like to help 10,000, which is Obama’s plan for the current year, or 610,000 of them? Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

What will Transgenders in the Military Cost America?

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There are many ways to take down this powerful country:

  • Pack the Supreme Court with ideologues who ignore the Constitution
  • Dumb down public education
  • Increase the size and scope of government
  • Put more people on the public dole
  • Put the government in charge of healthcare
  • Over regulate and over tax businesses and corporations driving them offshore or out of business
  • Demonize the productive members of society
  • Refuse an international leadership role
  • Go back on your word to foreign leaders
  • Strengthen the country out to destroy us
  • Weaken the military

Most of these things did not begin with Barack Obama, but there is little doubt that he has picked up the pace.  However, two events making the headlines this week should be enough to shake us awake from our political slumber: His bargain with Iran, which has empowered our sworn enemy and accelerated the arms race, and his decision on transgenders and the military. Read the rest of this entry »

Americans trapped in Yemen, Obama Does Nothing

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The U.S. is no longer a world power to be respected by our friends and feared by by our enemies.  It is not that we don’t have the might to protect our borders or the ability to defend our allies and our interests abroad, its that we no longer have the will.

As the world watches in disbelief, we appear too weak to rescue our citizens trapped in Yemen, a war-torn country we abandoned shortly after Obama held it up as a counter terrorism success story.   Read the rest of this entry »

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April 8th, 2015 at 5:30 pm


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